ST. PAUL - After allowing the game's opening goal in the 26th minute, the St. Thomas men's soccer team came back to score a pair of unanswered goals to hold off Hamline University in a 2-1 win on Tuesday afternoon at South Field.
With the win, St. Thomas improves to 8-1-0 on the year and 4-0-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline drops to 6-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
The Pipers got on the scoreboard first when Adam King sent a pass forward to a streaking James Reardon. Reardon took one touch and sent the ball flying toward the goal and just past a diving Tommie keeper Aidan Hogan into the lower right corner of the net.
St. Thomas answered less than 10 minutes later when Shae Bottum served a corner kick into the box. The ball found the head of a leaping Kevin Van Lieshout, who tucked the ball inside the left post to score his second goal of the year and even the game at one apiece.
After the two teams went to the half tied, the Tommies took advantage of a foul called inside the 18 to give the Purple a chance at a penalty kick. Senior captain Shae Bottum took the kick and didn't let it go to waste, lifting it into the top lef corner to put his team on top for good in the 2-1 win.
St. Thomas, who flexed an advantage in possession, also held a 21-5 edge in shots and put eight of those shots on net, compared to just three for Hamline. The Tommies also tallied seven corner kicks, including five in the second half.
In goal, Aidan Hogan made two athletic saves on the way to his eighth win of the year.
St. Thomas will be back in action on Saturday when it makes the short trip down Summit Avenue for a show down with 21st-ranked Macalester (5-2-1). That contest is set for a 1:00 pm start.